Walt Brown, founder and CEO of Diversified Partners, a Scottsdale-based real estate brokerage and development company, announced the groundbreaking of its large, prime parcel known as En Fuego, at 91st and Glendale avenues.
The groundbreaking ceremony at 9100 N. Zanjero Blvd. in Glendale was attended by a large crowd, which included Glendale City Major Jerry Weiers and Glendale Chamber of Commerce President Robert Heidt, among others. With En Fuego hard hats and bright red shovels, a big group posed in front of some of the construction equipment for the groundbreaking shot.
Across the street from the Westgate development, En Fuego is in excellent company with the Tangier outlets around the corner and Cabela’s next door. For Phase I, pads, shops and land are available at En Fuego, ranging from 3,000 square feet to 15,600 square feet/1.33-acre lot. Starbucks, Raising Cane’s, Barro’s Pizza, Biscuits Cafe and Jack in the Box are already committed. Phase II will offer 8.32 acres for office, flex or entertainment use.
“This is a big deal for the City of Glendale. It’s a densely populated area with over 100,000 residents within three miles, not to mention the nearly 25,000 employees also within three miles,” said Weiers. “This is an excellent partnership and we are fully committed to supporting En Fuego for the long haul.”
“We came up with the name En Fuego, which means fire in Spanish,” said Brown. “The iconic fire circle we designed represents the complex as a center or whole with a flare of the fire elements incorporated throughout the complex, using high-contrasting vibrant colors to engage the consumer.”
Glendale chamber president: Arizona governor, mayors need to restrict business operations to prevent spread of coronavirus
The president of a local chamber of commerce in Arizona is calling for Gov. Doug Ducey to restrict business operations to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
If Ducey won't step up, then mayors should, according to Robert Heidt, president and CEO of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.
Heidt spoke passionately about his frustration about Ducey's failure to act in a video the chamber posted on YouTube on Wednesday afternoon.
Heidt told The Arizona Republic he knows local businesses are struggling, and he understands what statewide restrictions would mean for them. But he also said he has spoken with health care and hospital leaders in the state who have told him how serious the COVID-19 outbreak is, and how much more serious it will be if there aren't statewide restrictions in place.
"As a chamber, it is unprecedented for me to say this," he said in the video. "I don’t want businesses to shut down. I want businesses to thrive. We want a strong local economy. But when our healthcare system is not fully able to deal with this influx that can come our way and will come our way, we have a problem.”
Heidt said he would support actions that restrict large groups from gathering, and limit restaurants to take-out and delivery only.
Heidt isn't the only one calling on Ducey to act. The governor has received criticism from federal and local leaders alike for not taking the same precautions as other states, such as shutting down bars and restricting the operations of restaurants.
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has called on Ducey to close clubs, bars, museums, libraries, gyms and other places where large groups congregate. Restaurants, she said, should move to pickup and delivery orders only.
So far, Phoenix is the only large city in the Valley to place restrictions on business operations. The city forced the closure of bars and restricted restaurants to takeout, delivery and drive-thru only as of Tuesday. Tucson and Flagstaff have made similar moves.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers issued an emergency declaration on Wednesday night that recommends that businesses follow social distancing guidelines, such as restricting dine-in services, but does not mandate them to follow the rules.
Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday said he supports guidance across the state, but not a mandate.
Ducey said he does not plan to issue a statewide order to shut down businesses but supports cities' decision to do so.
“We want to make decisions that protect public health first and foremost, but also take into account that we have a large state," he said. "Things are different in Tombstone than they are in Tucson. They are different in Gilbert than they are in Globe. I am going to respect local leaders’ decisions.”
Ducey also said that it is possible for some restaurants and other businesses to remain open but take steps such as closing down every other table to keep patrons at a safe distance.
Heidt said he has watched as West Valley cities have grappled with how and whether to act, looking at one another for direction but not being willing to lead themselves.
"That tells me we are broken," he said.
In Glendale on Tuesday, the City Council discussed the option of mandabusiness restrictions. Councilmembers appeared split on the issue. City officials said they were watching what other cities did.
Council members discussed the harm it would cause small businesses and the economy, and potential government overreach.
“I’m someone who doesn’t want government to get out of its lane,” Councilwoman Lauren Tolmachoff said. But, she added, you can’t follow the president’s recommendations and still have restaurants open.
Statewide restrictions would make it easier for businesses to understand how to move forward, Heidt said.
"That goes back to the question of where is the leadership from our governor?" Heidt said.
But if the governor won't act, he said, mayors must.
"If our governor won’t do the job then you need to do it," he told mayors in his video. "You need to step up and declare states of emergency and start to shut things down in a pragmatic way."
Heidt started the video by talking about how asking businesses to shut down is, for chambers, like "stabbing us in the heart." He said he applauded businesses for trying to keep their doors open, and he knows that some of the chamber's members won't agree with his opinion.
But if the state doesn't do something now, he said, "the economic impact will be far greater" later.
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Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce announced Monday, March 16 its Marketing Lunch N Learn with Chris Amos scheduled for Thursday, March 19 has been canceled.
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce confirmed via email Monday the West Valley Chambers Alliance Insider’s Breakfast on West Valley growth scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 has been canceled and will be rescheduled.
Mayor Jerry Weiers rode with hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts through remarkable landmarks of the Valley. It was an event unlike any other, he said.
“There’s nowhere in this country that you can actually go around a racetrack, down to the sixth-largest Air Force base in the world, turn around and go into a stadium and then get food and help veterans at the same time,” Weiers said.
Weiers led hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts as part of the Mayor’s Big Dog Run Saturday, Feb. 29, held every two years. Participants were required to register for the event, and all the proceeds go to Glendale Community College’s Veterans Scholarship Fund.
Daniel Flores is the director of Veterans Services at Glendale Community College and a participant in the event.
“The purpose of the event is to have a good time for a great cause,” Flores said. “This is only one of the riding events that hits various areas that you usually wouldn’t get an opportunity to do so.”
Flores said there are roughly 1,000 veteran students on campus, and they can all benefit from the scholarship.
According to Robert Heidt, president and CEO of Glendale Chamber of Commerce, two years ago, the event raised $10,000 and he expects this year to be an improvement.
Heidt said there were over 1,500 riders this year. He said the event has a true sense of community.
“It brings our community together and it brings the west Valley together,” Heidt said. “It’s a sense of community.”
The event started at the Glendale Municipal Airport. Riders headed south to Phoenix Raceway where they were able to go around the track on their motorcycles. From there, riders headed to Luke Air Force Base, where they went up and down the runway. Finally, the riders went to the State Farm Stadium for a lap around the inside of the stadium.
For Wayne Cole, a rider and member of the Military and Veterans Committee for the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, the best part of the event was riding on the runway of Luke Airforce Base.
The riders finished off their journey at Westgate’s Fountains Plaza and ate some of Shane’s Rib Shack BBQ for lunch and beverages provided by Swire Coca-Cola.
This marks the fourth time Weiers has hosted the event. He said it is a time to bring people together and celebrate the city of Glendale while doing something that benefits members of the community.
“As Mayor, I get to showcase my city,” Weiers said. “We get to have a good time and camaraderie with people who have the same interests, but most important thing is all the money that is raised for Glendale Community College for veteran scholarship.”
Product placement department: Tables had bottles of Coca-Cola and cans of Red Bull and White Claw. Swire Coca-Cola bottling facility is in Glendale near Westgate; the makers of Red Bull and White Claw are building facilities in the fast-expanding west Glendale “New Frontier.”
No coincidence, here, as those three beverages were the co-stars of the 2020 Glendale Chamber of Commerce “State of the City,” held at the Renaissance Hotel in Westgate.
The 50 tables at the event had copies of the front page of the Arizona Republican, Nov. 11, 1921, with a main headline, “Glendale Celebrates 29th Anniversary.” Stories included “Garden City has Made Steady Progress Since Its Founding in 1892” and “Paved Streets to be Reality Soon.”
There may not be as many gardens in the city, but the paving is continuing, especially in the expanding west side of Glendale, where sprawling farms are becoming cutting-edge businesses.
Early during last week’s event, Sen. Martha McSally, in a recorded address, crowed about Glendale. “The city has attracted companies from all over the country and is creating an inviting community to live in,” she said.
“Without a doubt Glendale is experiencing explosive economic growth.”
Mayor Jerry Weiers seconded it in his “State of the City” address.
Referring to the 1921 newspaper, Weiers quoted then-mayor C.H. Tinker” “Glendale has shown more than once it recognizes no adversity; its advancement cannot be checked. Let us take advantage of this anniversary to begin our greatest era of progress.”
The theme of the event was Western, and Weiers was definitely looking west.
“The last parcels of land along the Loop 303 are being annexed and tamed to respond to the evolving needs of the global world around us with industrial and commercial spaces are in high demand,” he said.
“In the 1920s, construction was a mainstay for a blossoming new town. Nearly, 100 years later, this is once again true and while then it was homesteads, now it is homes, streets, freeways, and innovative commercial spaces meeting the needs of today’s businesses and customers.”
He then tipped his cap to Swire Coca-Cola, ready for a third expansion near Westgate, and Red Bull and White Claw, the superstars of what Glendale is calling “The New Frontier” of annex-and-build west Glendale.
Weiers hardly ignored the east side of the city, though. First, he boasted about Westgate reaching 100% tenancy.
Then, he then presented the Citizen of the Year Award to Bob and Renee Parsons, who did not attend the event. (Steve Gabbay of YAM Worldwide and his wife Jolene accepted the award on behalf of the Parsons).
Bob Parsons is the founder of GoDaddy and YAM Properties, which in turn owns Westgate. The Parsons are huge philanthropists, having donated over $190 million since 2012.
Robert Heidt, president and CEO of the chamber, gave a look back at 2019. Last year, he said, the chamber hosted more than 100 events and now has more than 1,400 members.
Bill Toops, Glendale Star associate publisher and new chair of the chamber board, said he wants to help grow the membership and emphasized the family atmosphere of the chamber.
The event’s Western theme was underscored by entertainment from John Wayne and Patsy Cline imitators Ermal and Paula Erlene Williamson.
Calling all dogs and the people they love! The 10th Annual Dog Days of Glendale will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will transform downtown Glendale’s Murphy Park into a playground for dogs and their people. Pet owners and their furry friends will enjoy more than 50 pet related exhibitors, pet blessings, pet adoptions, dog-friendly interactive activities including FREE Doga (dog yoga) classes, Bark Buster Fun Zone, Glendale P.D. K-9 training demonstration, guest appearances from local 4-legged celebrities including “Ranger” and “Incredibull Stella,” pet food sampling, frozen doggie treats, Glendale Eats unique food delivery service to the park and much more.
The Dog Days of Glendale event includes a donation drive for pet food and supplies to benefit Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry. Visit www.emptybowlpetfoodpantry.org for a wish list of items needed.
Event attendees are encouraged to start at the Historic Downtown Glendale Merchants Association Information Booth located in Murphy Park to pick up a list of the day’s activities. Admission and parking are free.
Event sponsors include the Historic Downtown Glendale Merchants Association, The Astrology Store, Bitz-ee Mama’s Restaurant, Glendale Chamber of Commerce, BigAz Promotions, Bears & More, Glendale Flowers and Gifts, HomePros, Out of the Blue AZ, Ropin’ the West, Papa Ed’s Ice Cream and Signarama.
The event is coordinated by Ropin’ the West, Papa Ed’s Ice Cream and Out of the Blue AZ. To contact the event coordinators, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 480-266-0091.
For the latest information, follow the event at www.facebook.com/DogDaysofGlendale, Instagram.com/dogdaysofglendale, Twitter @DogDaysGlendale and www.VisitDowntownGlendale.com.
As a long-time downtown Glendale business and property owner, civic leader, former city of Glendale vice mayor, and proud Glendale champion, I have lived through the transformations our entire community has gone through. And I will be the first to say change is never easy but it is essential to our sustainability as a city.
The world around us is constantly on the move, and in order to move with it, we have to be open to the change inevitable and able to adapt both as residents and business owners.
When you run your own business, you have to admit you don’t know everything, and it is vital to know when it’s time to turn to the experts. In my role as Downtown Glendale’s Strategic Leadership Advisory Group chair of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, I feel the same responsibility to always be seeking experience, knowledge and expertise from beyond our locale, to ensure we are best prepared to seize our opportunity.
At the monthly Downtown Merchant and Stakeholder meeting held at Off the Cuff, on Jan. 21, we were incredibly privileged to be joined by three experts who were eager to share what they see as Downtown Glendale’s opportunity. And while I was pleased to see the room full for this invaluable exchange of knowledge, the conversation was far too important not to share with the greater Glendale community.
The esteemed panel of redevelopment experts included:
• Amy Malloy, managing principal of Evolve Ventures, with over 13 years in commercial real estate, managing retail development and redevelopment projects throughout the southwest, including Scottsdale Fashion Square, Kierland Commons, Biltmore Fashion Park and Arrowhead Towne Center.
• John Crow, the CEO of Centurion Investments, a real estate corporation providing service in the areas of residential sales, management, and investments, as well as commercial property management and development.
• Mark Davis, owner of 48 Development Co. who is an accomplished real estate developer focused on urban infill development projects. Mark also worked at one of the nation’s largest multifamily developers, Alliance Residential Company.
Amy, John and Mark each have an intimate knowledge of Downtown Glendale, and this was an exclusive chance to hear how they perceive our community as developers and investors. The questions asked were straightforward but not necessarily easy to answer.
The panel was asked to identify Downtown Glendale’s biggest hurdles in attracting redevelopment to the district, and conversely our greatest assets. As it relates to commercial real estate trends they were asked to identify what are currently the specific drivers for success in business districts. And pointedly, each panelist was pressed to explain why they have not invested in redevelopment in Downtown Glendale despite their affinity for the district.
Here’s what the panel had to say!
Increase Residential Density – This was perhaps the MOST prevalent point stressed by all of the panelists. They all unanimously agreed the catalyst will spur revitalization in Downtown Glendale is new residential development, specifically high-density, multifamily projects.
With several, large college campuses within a few miles of Downtown Glendale, the area is prime for student housing options and could significantly benefit from new, multifamily housing stock.
Be Open for Business (and open to new ideas)! Each panelist shared the existing business community plays an important role when attracting new investment. The community needs to come together around a vision, and most importantly, businesses need to be open. Not only open for commerce, but also open to new ideas when they are presented. As one panelist stated, divisiveness kills development.
Grow the Experience Market. We can’t be everything to everyone, so it’s important to identify the target customers that will financially support Downtown Glendale’s economic health. The panelists all identified the shift in retail consumption and pointed to the “experience market in which retailers focus on creating interactive experiences for their customers. The panelists specifically mentioned downtown’s existing global restaurant offerings and suggested strategic events to highlight these unique spots as an experience. With the strong emphasis on attracting density, the panel also agreed downtown’s existing inventory of retail space is at capacity, and the focus should be on ensuring the retail offerings meet the target customers.
City Investment. The panel was not shy to share their opinions on the role the city plays in spurring redevelopment. Included in the panelists’ suggestions for the city were purchasing property in downtown to drive adaptive reuse, establishing regulatory programs as incentives to minimize development barriers and commit resources to maintain a clean, safe downtown.
Absentee Owners Overshadow Good Bones. In response to the hurdles and assets question, the panel agreed Downtown Glendale’s asset is inarguably our great bones - a built environment and building stock that is authentic, and highly sought-after. Yet, one of our greatest hurdles continues to be absentee owners and the resulting high vacancy rates of commercial space in downtown.
-Incorporate Art, the inclusion of art as a stimulus for revitalization continues to be true, and the panel agreed, the incorporation of art as placemaking is a significant contributor to community development and economic vitality.
Certainly, the summary above does not do justice to the extended dialog this panel so graciously offered, but it does provide a solid path forward with opportunity that is within our reach! I would like to say thank you again to John, Amy and Mark for sharing their expertise with honesty and a genuine passion for our community.
And perhaps most important to note, this open letter is not only intended for those who are already committed with a vested interest in Downtown Glendale. This is also for those of you who have yet to explore our best-kept secret. So let me be the first to say to the development community that we welcome your interest, we are open for business, and we are ready to partner with you to unlock the full potential of Downtown Glendale together!